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Behavioral health legislation slated for Utah’s 2023 legislative session to support access, youth, and workforce

| Jan 13, 2023 | Utah

With the Utah Legislature scheduled to begin its 2023 general session next Tuesday, multiple bills related to behavioral healthcare—both its workforce and its provision—have been filed ahead of the assembly.     The Health and Human Services Interim Committee approved several measures that address crisis response and the mental health...[ Read More ]

Utah DHHS focused on preparedness for Medicaid redeterminations in April

| Jan 12, 2023 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed this week that the state’s Medicaid program is in the process of reviewing its planned system programming, communication, and other preparations for the end of continuous enrollment.      The federal Omnibus Appropriation Act decouples the continuous Medicaid coverage provision...[ Read More ]

Utah Democrat Rep. Rosemary Lesser plans to address healthcare access and Medicaid expansion in 2023 legislative session

| Jan 12, 2023 | Utah

Democratic Utah Rep. Rosemary Lesser (D - Ogden) spoke to State of Reform about her outlook and plans for the upcoming general session, which begins on January 17th. She plans to introduce several health-related reforms including bills that address Medicaid coverage and eligibility.      Lesser, a member of the...[ Read More ]

Utah lawmaker sponsoring bills to support healthcare access for people with disabilities and workforce in upcoming session

| Jan 11, 2023 | Utah

Utah Rep. Norm Thurston (R - Provo) recently shared his outlook on the upcoming legislative session with State of Reform, saying his top health policy priorities are sufficiently funding services for people with disabilities and ensuring an adequate supply of mental and physical health professionals across the spectrum of care. ...[ Read More ]

Utah Legislature to consider ban on gender transitioning procedures for minors

| Jan 6, 2023 | Utah

Utah legislators have filed two bills, one in the House (HB 132) and one in the Senate (SB 16), both aimed at prohibiting gender transitioning procedures on minors.      SB 16 would ban minors from having surgeries, including cosmetic procedures, to address gender dysphoria. Advocates of the proposals say...[ Read More ]

Utah Executive Appropriations Committee adopts budget recommendations for 2023 legislative session, proposes $1.48 billion to social services

| Dec 20, 2022 | Utah

The Utah Executive Appropriations Committee (EAC) approved its budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session on Tuesday.      The 2023 budget allocation for the Social Services Committee’s ongoing base budget is $1.48 billion, which would incorporate $141.8 million toward the Governor’s budgeted line items for Department of Health and...[ Read More ]